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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Feb 3, 2009 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: My experiences with CD's

1.They all are made the same way from the same stuff at a limited number of similar locations.

2. I get an error or two every 100 CD's and half of them don't seem to affect anything and I use memorex for the price only... or are they maxell?

3. Turn your burn speed down, 10% error rate is way too expensive. The slower the burn, the less chance of jitter, errors, wobble, erroritus and smashthepc syndrome.

4. CD's labeled "audio" (sony comes to mind) cost more but are the same thing as data CD's. The extra price is that royalties to the musicians union are built in... really. What a scam that one is...

5. Watch your files sizes, the newer 80 minute CD's hold 650 MB but sometimes a file is bigger than it's tag indicates and if you think you are burning 649MB and you are burning 651MB... wasted disk or is it disc?

For instance I save a song I am working on and it's 3 minutes long or 30MB in size. I add a guitar solo at the end and lengthen the drum into to make the song 4:20 or about 40MB. I save the new edit over the old file but guess what? The computer and in turn the burner still thinks it's 3 minutes long and if I max out the CD an error occurs.

I am sure people uploading AUD's have run some files through time stretching or pitch shifting to correct tape speed errors and spliced stuff together, etc. So keep a few megabytes as a buffer and don't stress out about filling up the disc to capacity. They are like pennies a piece if you buy the 100 pack spindles.

Ever notice a decent blank cassette still sells for $5 and the CD's always cost $3 more, well they used to anyway, than the store bought cassettes of studio music? What's up wit dat?

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Poster: spacedface Date: Feb 4, 2009 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My experiences with CD's

I agree, turn down the burn speed.

Buying the cheapest recordable media (DVD too) can still cost you later because they degrade, I read some fear much less than 10 years, so keep them in a cool dark dry place for the longer term.

I general, we all have to keep an eye out for keep our most valued stuff on current media.

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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Feb 6, 2009 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My experiences with CD's

Holy shit, I you're right about that, expect to back it up or transfer in 10 years, O got 20+ years out of some cassettes and VHS that still has to be transfered, if the CD holds up as long we'll all be fine. The high speed spinning storage format will fall quicker than 8 track as advances in fixed storage like flash ram make all this silliness too expensive compared to a small chip that holds terrabytes of uncompressed hidef 7.1 surround... mark my word it will be less than 10 years..

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Poster: Agent 86 Date: Feb 4, 2009 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My experiences with CD's

What huntr said above holds true for me. Taiyo Yuden discs, CD or DVD, have never given a single failure. This after burning perhaps 2K or so CDs, and as a guess 400 DVDs. I have had burners, internal and external, crap out, but never a bad TY disc. FWIW